Herb Day At Dandelion Cafe May 7, 2016

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Dandelion Communitea Cafe & The Florida School of Holistic Living Presents

Herb Day May 7th from 11am- 5pm at the Dandelion Cafe:

Orlando’s Organic & Vegetarian Friendly Gathering Place

618 N Thornton Ave • Orlando FL 32803 • 407-362-1864

Herb Day at Dandelion

  • Free Workshops
  • Cooking Demo
  • Plant and tea sale
  • Weed walk
  • Activities for kids

Herb Day At Dandelion Cafe Facebook Event Page

Enjoying the little things in life

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Little things in Orlando

Little things in life

Little Doors on Trees in Orlando where is 1- 13?

 

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. Arthur Conan Doyle

 

 

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. Leo Buscaglia

Paying attention

Little doors can be found by paying attention

My view is that life is too short. I’m not being melodramatic or anything, but when your mother dies in your arms – just you and her, and it’s one o’clock in the morning, and you’re waiting for her to exhale – you just think, life’s too bloody short to argue about the little things. Saffron Aldridge

I don’t have to take a trip around the world or be on a yacht in the Mediterranean to have happiness. I can find it in the little things, like looking out into my backyard and seeing deer in the fields. Queen LatifahI 

Bugs everywhere

Wooden Bear sculpture in a tree

I found that if you take a few minutes out of your day to look around and find a few special little things in life— it is amazing how quickly all the big problems you thought you had all of the sudden seem smaller. Nanette Gregory

Quick day or weekend camping, kayak and just plain fun

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Looking to get away and enjoy the outdoors at a reasonable cost. Then you might want to consider the Canoe Outpost at the Little Manatee River.

Canoe Outpost on the Little Manatee River

Canoe Outpost on the Little Manatee River

Kayaking or canoeing on the Little Manatee

Kayaking or canoeing on the Little Manatee

The Canoe Outpost on the Little Manatee River is located on the Gulf coast of Florida in southern Hillsborough County. We are near the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton and Sarasota. So, whether you are visiting our area or live here, they are less than an hour’s drive away and their river trips are a great way to spend a part or all of your day.

Cabin rental on the Little Manatee River

Cabin rental on the Little Manatee River

They offer RV and tent camping for group or individuals, deluxe cabin rentals and a variety of lodging options. Relax and enjoy the river, fishing, hiking or other local activities like horseback riding or mountain biking.

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Music Stage at Canoe Outpost

Music Stage at Canoe Outpost

The place has character, has a stage for live music and run moonlight paddles throughout the year. To learn more visit: http://www.thecanoeoutpost.com/

One good way to get involved in your Central Florida Community

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Picnic Project Sanford Florida

Picnic Project Sanford Florida

THE PICNIC PROJECT.  Like Food Not Bombs, the Picnic Project feeds people and families in need in the Sanford area every Sunday (FYI – Picnic Project prepares conventional non-vegetarian food for the families they serve).
Mark a Dandelion Cafe team member is involved in the creation and development of the This Picnic Project and has volunteered countless hours with them over the past 5+ years.  Most weeks Mark gets involved with the SundayCommunity Meal that’s served at 1pm in Downtown Sanford area.

If any of you are interested in supporting the Picnic Project, please talk to Mark or email them at thepicnicproject@yahoo.com, or visit their Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/picnicproject/

Win a FREE Ticket to the 2016 Florida Herbal Conference!

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Mountain Rose Herbs is giving away one free ticket before January 8th

We are so excited to share this interview with Emily Ruff, the Executive Director of the Florida School of Holistic Living and a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. Her studies have taken her around three continents where she has studied under healers of many traditions. Emily’s dedication to preserving bioregional medicinal plant traditions and ecosystems led her to serve as a Board Member of United Plant Savers. Inspired by a need for greater connection among her regional community, she founded the Florida Herbal Conference event in 2012, an event which continues to sell out annually. Enjoy the interview and be sure to enter for a chance to win free registration to the 2016 conference!  
Florida Herbal Conference - win a free ticket!

Bicycling around Orlando

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Orlando is making it easier to bike around town. One new feature are the new bike repair stations throughout Orlando that include air pumps, screwdrivers, wrenches, tire tools, etc.

Bike repair stations around Orlando

Bike repair stations around Orlando

 

Bike Repair Stations around Orlando: Cady Way Trail near Herndon Avenue; Orlando Urban Trail near Ferris Avenue and Lake Highland Drive; east end of Lake Underhill Path near boat ramp; and the city parking garage behind City Hall, downtown.

Juice Bike Sharing: Great way to get around town

 

You can’t miss them they are everywhere and bright orange.

There is nothing better than seeing lots of groups of renters on Orlando City Soccer or Magic Game Days, big events downtown, heading to Sunday brunch, etc.

Rent by the minute, hour, month, year, etc.

To learn more: https://orlando.socialbicycles.com/

Juice Bike Share Orlando

Juice Bike Share Orlando

 

Orlando’s new Lake Druid Park. It is the newest park in Orlando and features a mountain-bike “pump track” and trail through a wooded area. The park opened Oct. 31, 2015.

Here is a video on YouTube so you can see the layout of the track:

We will continue to add updates about biking around Orlando, so please check back.

Notable Events from Dandelion week of Nov 16th

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Blanket Orlando this weekend- Donate blankets for those that are less fortunate: Blanket Orlando
What Is It?
Make.Share.Do. is a weekend skill-sharing conference exploring homesteading, self-reliance, and interdependence. We have tapped into the vast knowledge and passion within our own community, and put together an exciting weekend packed with dozens of practical, educational, and social events. Whether you’re looking for an introduction to carpentry, canning, or beekeeping, or a more intensive exploration of fermentation or herbalism, Make.Share.Do. has all that and so much more. This will be a fun and fascinating event for committed homesteaders, as well as community members looking for tools and ideas to spark a more sustainable lifestyle. For more info:

http://www.groundfloorfarm.com/makesharedo

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 Be sure to stop by and support your local artist this holiday season.
Sparkle December 6, 2015


Sparkle is an outdoor event featuring unique, talented, CF artists and their handmade goods at Dandelion Communitea Cafe. This event has free parking. Follow the Facebook event page and invite your friends: Sparkle Facebook Page

Annual SPARKLE Market

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Sparkle is an outdoor event featuring unique, talented, CF artists and their handmade goods. Come peruse the best hand made jewelry, organic body products, pottery and much more. This premier event takes place on Dec 6, 2015, at Dandelion Communitea Cafe. Eat well and shop handmade! This event has free parking. Follow the Facebook event page and invite your friends: Sparkle Facebook Page
Taking vendor applications until November 1.

Looking for new ways to cook healthier for the Holiday’s?

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FRESH STARTS COOKING CAMP 2015 will give you some great ideas. Starts on Tuesday November 3rd at 7pm for a total of 6 classes.
Join Chef Amy, graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC and Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts in this cooking series to learn how to prepare fresh, healthy, seasonal and organic meals. In each session you will learn about whole organic food and how to prepare it. Each class will include recipes for you take home along with resources on where to find the best quality food. These classes will guide you to become a seasoned home chef ready to prepare what’s growing locally in your neighborhood.

Testimonials from past Campers:

“Amy is the perfect instructor for this series of classes. She moves easily between conversation and demonstration to share her knowledge of nutrition and cooking technique. We all have heard the message that healthy and delicious food choices and preparation are accessible to all of us but Amy will inspire you to actually revise your grocery list and make changes to your daily diet. Greens are great.”
-Russ

“Amy is a wonderful, friendly, welcoming person. And with her training and experience, she is a very effective teacher and an efficient chef. Her recipes are simple but delicious. She loves answering questions about food and sharing kitchen tips, and you will learn a lot in her class. I know I did!”
-Mari

“Chef Amy has changed my kitchen forever! My vegetables are no longer just boiled, and chopping them is faster and much more fun! Her recipes are delicious and serve as a great starting point, but her techniques are what make cooking even possible for me. The amount of time they save and the fun they bring get me in the kitchen and wanting to be creative!”
-Jerven

CAMP SESSIONS

Session 1: Go Green. Chef Amy will kick start the series with an educational lecture on how to select quality ingredients. She will discuss the benefits of eating organically and the realities of how most of our food is produced. We will prepare seasonal dishes with local greens. Dishes may include depending on availability: bok choi, kale, collard greens, sorrel, spinach and Swiss chard.

Session 2: Somewhere Over the Rainbow of Vegetables. Chef Amy will explain how to select the freshest seasonal vegetables and the most nutritious ways to prepare them. Cutting and cooking techniques for fresh vegetables will be the focus. In this class, you will learn how to incorporate vegetables into every meal and snack of the day.

Session 3: Sea Vegetables Aren’t Just for Mermaids. Chef Amy will identify a variety of sea vegetables and discuss the powerful health benefits of incorporating them in your regular diet. We will create easy dishes and snacks from these trace mineral rich treats from the sea.

Session 4: The Great Whole Grain. Chef Amy will discuss what a whole grain is and the benefits of choosing whole grains over refined grains. We will identify a variety of whole grains including oats, quinoa, rice, amaranth, millet, freekah and farro. We will prepare whole grain dishes that may be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Session 5: The Perfect Plant Protein. Chef Amy will demonstrate the best ways to cook dried legumes. She will discuss the benefits of consuming legumes as a staple source of protein. We will cover how to create tasty dishes from our nutritious little seeds.

Session 6: Soups On! Chef Amy loves vegetable soup all year round. Its an easy meal, side dish or snack that you can make ahead of time and enjoy anytime of the day. We will learn how to make a fresh stock as a base for our homemade soup du jour.

Camp Details

Each class will include a health and recipe packet, sampling of the dishes we create and homemade beverages.

Class Schedule:
Tuesday ‘s from 7-9pm
11/3/15
11/10/15
11/17/15
no class week of Thanksgiving
12/1/15
12/8/15
12/15/15

Location:
Homegrown Local Food Cooperative
2310 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32804

Tuition: $150 for the entire Camp!

To Register email Chef Amy:
amyrupert@mac.com
www.tangibletaste.com

Cacao with friends

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Cacao with friends

Cacao with friends

Hot chocolate is so lovely to share with friends. Hot cacao is even more lovely, lush even. Cacao is more than a candy bar, and has more than just caffeine in it. When I think of cacao and drink or eat cacao I pause and think of the centuries of reverence and ceremony surrounding this special plant, Theobroma cacao. The Olmecs, Maya, Aztecs, and many other native peoples who lived in the Central American rain forests considered cacao a gift from the gods, and it was an important part of their lives. Experiencing it yourself, it’s easy to see why. This heart opener brings me joy and clear thoughts, and what better traits to share with friends.

This hot cacao “recipe” (as you’ll see, my recipes are often a pinch of this, splash of that, and leave lots of room for creativity) was a truly decadent hit with some friends of mine, and I’d love to share it with you!

All of my ingredients are organic, because that’s what I keep on hand. It’s also how I trick myself into eating healthy: I only keep the good stuff on hand. Not all the time, but I try.  You’ll need:

  • 1-1.5C shredded coconut
  • 4C warm water (I used a tea kettle and let it whistle, then took it off the heat for several minutes to cool down to warm)
  • 1-2C cacao nibs
  • 2T powdered cinnamon (or a cinnamon stick!)
  • 1t powdered ginger (or 1/2t fresh grated ginger)
  • a PINCH of chili powder, or more if you’re a hottie!
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 3-4T maple syrup
  • optional vanilla extract. I used about a capful of some homemade vanilla extract in bourbon

This is a homemade creamy hot cacao made with some deliciously rich  and dead simple homemade coconut milk.

Dead simple homemade coconut milk:
Add your shredded coconut with the warm water to a blender, blitz for 3-5 minutes depending on your blender, then strain. It helps to have cheesecloth or a nut milk bag for straining, but isn’t necessary. I used a simple kitchen strainer.

Hot cacao with friends:
I strained the coconut milk straight into a sauce pan that was already on a medium low heat. To that I added the cacao nibs, cinnamon powder, ginger powder, a pinch of chili powder, small splash of vanilla extract, and a little sea salt. Then stirred frequently and kept on a very low simmer with the lid off for about 10 minutes (or more, if you can stand to wait, your kitchen will start to smell pretty delectable.). I added maple syrup as my sweetener. It wasn’t very sweet, which is what I wanted, so if you like it sweeter feel free to add more than what this recipe calls for.

This mixture needs to be strained, as you’re decocting the cacao nibs and not using something like cacao powder (which I imagine you very well could, but I had a surplus of nibs on my hand so that’s what I used). This is extremely decadent and creamy, feel free to cut with some water while you’re decocting to spread the love a little further. Or be even more adventurous and split this with a complementary heart opening tisane of roses and damiana!

Serves 4.

May cacao bring joy to your heart, mind, and life.

Bio: Nina DiCristina is an herbalist in Orlando, Florida. She’s been studying the plants since 2008 and formally with the guidance of herbalist Emily Ruff at the Florida School of Holistic Living since 2011. She’s also been fortunate enough to study with Rosemary Gladstar, and  Guido Masé. She loves the daily communion with the plants and the joy they bring to those who know them. She writes at www.artemisiamoon.com, can be found pouring the tea at beloved Dandelion Communitea Cafe, teaching at the Florida School of Holistic Living, and enthusiastically assisting at the annual Florida Herbal Conference.